Established as a nonprofit organization in 1982, the Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP) advances the field of child life by establishing and maintaining professional standards, enhancing the professional growth and development of members, and advancing the credibility of the child life profession by fostering research and promoting the standards of child life practice on a national and international level.  

The Association represents trained professionals with expertise in helping infants, children, youth, and families cope with the stress and uncertainty of illness, injury and treatment. ACLP is comprised of more than 5,000 individuals representing at least 600 organizations worldwide. Our members include Certified Child Life Specialists, child life assistants, university educators and students, hospital administrators and staff, school teachers, therapeutic recreation specialists, and professionals in related fields. 

If you are interested in learning more about the Association of Child Life Professionals, this brief flyer provides an overview of the organization and our members: About the Association of Child Life Professionals.

History of ACLP (CLC)

Established as a nonprofit organization in 1982, the Association of Child Life Professionals represents a group of trained professionals with expertise in helping children and their families overcome life’s most challenging events. The Association of Child Life Professionals membership is composed of more than 5,000 individuals representing more than 600 organizations worldwide.

ACLP Commitees & Working Groups

At ACLP, our progress is fueled by the vision of our leaders and the hard work of a dedicated network of volunteers. If you are a ACLP member interested in participating in one of these groups, please visit
Volunteer Opportunities for more information. Click below to see a complete list of active ACLP committees, work groups, and task forces.

ACLP Bylaws

Support ACLP

ACLP empowers its members and child life professionals to enhance the quality of health care and human services through the development of resources, information-dissemination and other initiatives. These activities are supported through membership dues and private funding. Support the important work of the Association of Child Life Professionals and the children and families served by its dedicated members with a tax-deductible donation.

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Official Documents

Completely revised in 2011, important professional documents: Mission, Vision, Values and Operating Principles; Child Life Code of Ethics; Child Life Competencies; Standards of Clinical Practice; Standards for Academic and Clinical Preparation Programs; and Position Statements on Child Life in Healthcare Settings, in Rehabilitation, and in professional certification.

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Volunteer Opportunities

At ACLP, our progress is fueled by the vision of our leaders and the hard work of a dedicated network of volunteers. Each year, we ask members to support the ACLP Board and staff in keeping our organization vital and strong. Participating on a committee or work group is a great way to enhance your resume, expand your professional network, and hone leadership skills.

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ACLP Diversity Statement

ACLP is committed to fostering diversity by offering a welcoming and supportive environment for its members, leadership and the patients and families that we serve. We strive to maintain an environment that respects variations in culture, age, gender, race, ethnicity, physical ability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, religious affiliation, veteran status, and socioeconomic status.

Recognizing that diversity enriches the field of child life and enhances creativity and professional growth within the child life community, ACLP encourages all aspects of diversity. This requires continued effort to attract and develop qualified persons of diverse backgrounds whose unique life experiences and ways of thinking foster a culture of inclusion and diverse perspective.

ACLP affirms the need to attract individuals from diverse backgrounds and build on an organizational environment that values engagement; stimulates innovation and inspires performance that leads to the advancement of its members.